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BEN NEVIS 25 ans Mr Taketsuru

Single Malt, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 19654

The cask, number 1 of 1990 was filled by Mr T.Taketsuru, who at the time was both Department Chairman of the Nikka Whisky Distilling Company Limited, Japan and Chairman of the Ben Nevis Distillery Limited, Scotland, on 28th September 1990. The ceremonial filling of this cask marked the culmination of just over one year’s ownership of Ben Nevis distillery by the Japanese company. During this period, much time was spent on planning how to sympathetically increase the production output from the distillery within the existing buildings. Sadly Mr Taketsuru died in December 2014, aged 90, without ever having the opportunity of tasting this whisky, or being presented with a bottle from the 235 that were filled from his very own cask.

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Acquired by the Japanese group Nikka in 1989, the Ben Nevis distillery was, under the ownership of Joseph W.Hobbs in 1955, one of the only distilleries in Scotland to have its own traditional pot stills and a Coffey-style column still. Bought by Long John Distillers in 1981, the Coffey stills were subsequently dismantled. Although the majority of its whisky is aged in ex-sherry casks, some ex-bourbon cask bottlings have recently appeared on the independent market. It’s worth noting that the distillery was mothballed for six years at the end of the 1970s, and then again in 1984 and from 1986 to 1989.

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